2017 Arbor Award recipients

L-R: Tom Latta, Grant Allen, Tony Tsui, Charles de la Riviere, John Lo







U of T annually presents Arbor Awards to alumni who enhance the experience of students, faculty, staff and alumni through their tremendous generosity and contributions. Since 1989, more than 2,200 alumni and friends have received Arbor Awards. On September 14, 2017 four alumni from our Department joined this deserving group.

Joseph (Charles) de la Riviere (ChemE 7T2)
Since 1972 when Charles graduated, he has been an active class leader keeping his class connected for over 45 years. As a class leader he has also been instrumental in promoting his honoured year’s class fundraising campaign for the new Myhal Centre and scholarships in U of T Chemical Engineering. Charles has also been volunteering as a judge for UTEK – the University of Toronto Engineering Kompetition (yes with a “K”), which is the qualifier for the Ontario Engineering Competition for over 10 years since the Kompetition started.

Tom Latta (ChemE 8T0)
Since 2014, Tom has contributed greatly to U of T Chemical Engineering through his volunteer contributions as a Plant Design Industrial Advisor. Plant Design is a mandatory fourth-year group project that ties together everything that our undergrads learn from first to fourth year through the guidance of assigned advisors who supply their expertise, time and connections. In addition to being a Plant Design Advisor for several years, Tom has helped create industry connections for our faculty members, mentors our students (both undergrad and grad) and has reconnected members from the class of 8T0 to U of T Chemical Engineering.

John Lo (ChemE 9T2)
John has been a dedicated volunteer and leader in Hong Kong, serving as Chair, Hong Kong Campaign Committee since 2013. John’s leadership brought a community together to support the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s top priority projects, securing support to name the Hong Kong Alumni Room in the new Myhal Centre. His tireless efforts in connecting with alumni expanded our network, which in turn, provided opportunities for our faculty to partner with industry, our students to participate on exchanges and allowed us the opportunity to attracted significant philanthropic investment.

Tony Tsui (ChemE 0T7)
As one of the leaders of the York Region Alumni Group, Tony organizes five to seven events and engages over 200 alumni annually. York Region is one of the university’s most active Alumni Groups and has grown its reach by 75% in the last year, and Tony has been a significant part of this success. Tony also supports the Engineering Alumni Mentorship Program by providing career and academic mentorship and advice to current undergraduate students. Tony continues to be a generous volunteer, and says he is proud when he sees graduates building connections at events he organizes.


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